KDE Ships First Beta of Applications and Platform 4.14

KDE has released the first beta of the 4.14 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested!

A more detailed list of the improvements and changes will be available for the final release in the middle of August.

This first beta release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of actual users is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.14 team’s release effort by installing the beta and reporting any bugs. The official announcement has information about how to install the betas.

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How to blacklist a module on Ubuntu/Debian Linux

There maybe a time when you need to disable some modules from being loaded during your system’s boot time. In this "how to" we will discus some of the few ways how to blacklist module including its dependencies, that is, disable permanently module from loading during the boot time.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 Beta Officially Released

On July 9, Red Hat had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta release of the last maintenance version for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 distribution, which is supported for 10 years.

The current version of the long-term supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system is 5.10. The distribution will be officially provided with software updates, bug fixes, security patches, and general improvements for three more years, until March 31, … (read more)

(Linux) Deepin 2014 – See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

Deepin 2014 (based on Ubuntu 14.04) was released recently and comes with a huge list of changes and improvements, including a new Control Center, an updated dock and application launcher, new default icon theme, new default applications and more. Let’s take a look at what’s new!Deepin, previously known as “Linux Deepin”, is a Chinese Linux distribution (a multi-language ISO is available) based on Ubuntu, that ships with its own desktop environment based on Compiz and some unique applications, which integrate with the overall Linux Deepin look and feel.Until version 12.12, Deepin used a highly customized GNOME Shell as the default desktop environment / shell and then it switched to its own desktop environment: Deepin Desktop Environment, which uses Compiz (with some custom patches) under the hood.Deepin 2014 videoAs usual, let’s start with a quick video showcasing the new features / changes in Deepin 2014:(direct video link; for more videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel!)Deepin 2014While it retains the main features available in the previous releases: a full-screen application launcher, a dock at the bottom and so on, the Deepin 2014 desktop environment has received a major update. Deepin 2014 ships with Deepin Desktop Environment 2.0 and the most important change

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NVIDIA Updates Its Linux Legacy Driver For GeForce 6/7 GPUs

For those still out there running a GeForce 6 or 7 series graphics card, NVIDIA has updated its legacy proprietary 304.xx Unix graphics driver for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris systems…

CrossOver 13.2.0 Allows Easier Package Installation On Linux

The latest stable release of CodeWeavers’ CrossOver software is now available and it’s now more liberal about package installation…

How to simulate key press and mouse movement in Linux

Have you ever dreamed of your computer doing stuff automatically for you? Probably not if you just watched Terminator. But except for that, scripting and task automation are every power user’s dreams. If a lot of solutions exist today to fit such goal, it is sometimes hard to pick the simple, smart, and efficient one […]Continue reading…The post How to simulate key press and mouse movement in Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to take a screenshot while desktop menu is open on Ubuntu


Kwort Linux 4.1 Is Powered by Linux Kernel 3.13.7

The first maintenance release of Kwort Linux 4, an open source operating system based on the CRUX distribution and designed to be clean, robust, and extendable, has been officially announced by its creator and maintainer, David Cortarello.

Kwort Linux 4.1 is here to bring an updated kernel, new versions of existing packages, as well as various other improvements, bug fixes, and security patches, all in order to keep the distro stable and reliable.

According to the very short changelog, Kwor… (read more)

SEO Expert Series | Rand Fishkin of Moz

Enter Rand Fishkin, world renowned SEO expert and co-author/co-founder of the Art of SEOInbound.org, and Moz. Rand’s an addict of all things content, search, & social on the web. He teamed up with PrestaShop Moderator, Lesley Paone of dh42 to give you expert insights into how SEO, PrestaShop and ecommerce work together.

Rand Fishkin SEO PrestaShop

  1. What would be your first steps in starting SEO for a newly launched e-commerce site?

    I would first want to think about my overall marketing and unique value proposition. The days when SEO could be achieved by a business or website without something unique that made them truly stand out to the web are over. Today, if you want to perform well in search rankings over the long haul, you need to be remarkable in a way that makes those who see your shop want to share, write about you, and recommend you to others. Establishing that true uniqueness is incredibly challenging, but with billions of people performing billions of searches and only a few top ranking positions for any given set of keywords, competition is naturally going to be intense.

  2. Do you think every e-commerce site needs a blog?

    No, certainly not. Unless your passion is writing and you can create a remarkable blog that people will want to read and share, I’d do something else. Find that area of contribution to your site (and your business) where your skills can shine and you can be better than 99% of your competitors and do that. It could be photography or design or video or interactive elements. Perhaps it’s in-depth guides or how-tos. Maybe you can produce animations or illustrations that perfectly capture your products’ value. Blogs are a popular way to share content, but not every piece of content that you might be uniquely good at is best suited to a blog.

  3. What do you think are the most important factors in getting product pages to rank high in search engines.

    — A powerful domain that many people are linking to and using
    —Individual pages that have lots of editorially-given links and usage data associated with them
    —Keyword targeting that matches what the searcher has typed in
    — A page experience that not only fulfills the searcher’s needs, but goes beyond utility to provide enjoyment, surprise, and delight as well (this is what the few stores that are able to outrank giants like Amazon have been able to do)
    —A bot-friendly internal link/crawl structure and URL system – every unique item/category/piece of content has only a single, static, readable, canonical URL
    —Schema markup is a good way to stand out in the SERPs – there are a ton of options listed here.

  4. Do you have any suggestions for drop shippers that use a product feed with no unique descriptions?

    If you offer no unique value beyond the availability of the same product many others are offering, you don’t deserve to rank well. Historically, you could be in an undeserving position and still leverage SEO to rank, but those days are over. My suggestion would be not to expect to rank well for pages where you’re not providing an experience dramatically better than everyone else in the top 20 results – that includes unique descriptions (although that’s the most basic of the required elements).

  5. How would you go about link building for an e-commerce site?

    I’ve seen a lot of success from e-commerce stores that are very press-worthy and get the attention of media and blogs. My focus would be on designing an experience, a collection of products, and a style that’s unique and media-worthy. Some good places to get inspiration are the sites showing off unique ecommerce designs. Check out, for example: AwwwardsSmashing Magazine and Synecore.

    Once you have that media-worthiness in your design and focus, I’d seek to produce content that helps show off what makes the site unique. Betabrand, for example, focuses on sharing how their dress yoga pants can provide comfort in professional settings

  6. What are “local citations”? Do you think they are important for e-commerce sites that sell to a whole country, several countries, or even worldwide?

    Local citations are generally more geared toward the local listings (those that show up in Google’s “maps” style results). If you’re marketing nationally or globally and don’t have physical storefronts, these are less important (though anyone mentioning or talking about you online is a good thing).

  7. When an e-commerce website has product pages for products that will never be in stock again, how would you handle them for SEO? Remove the page? Leave the pages up with an Out of Stock message? Redirect the page to other products or something else?

    I like to do one of two things – either redirect the page using a 301 to the most similar item or the category/subcategory level page above it. Or, I’d leave the page up with a message that it’s no longer in stock, but here’s several items that are good substitutes. In the second case, it really becomes a landing page to drive search traffic that may still exist for the item to places where you can help satisfy those searchers.

  8. Do you have any suggestions on how category pages should be handled in relation to duplicate content and thin content?

    Google doesn’t worry too much about duplicate content on category pages – they expect that many of the words and photos are going to be similar to what’s found on product pages. The issue is when you have lots of versions of a single category page with little unique value to searchers. For example, having a category page for women’s pants is a good idea. Having 28 separate category pages for women’s pants where the only variations are size and color is probably not a great idea. In faceted navigation scenarios like that, I’d make the color and size filtered pages use a rel=canonical back to the non-faceted women’s pants page.

  9. What are some tips you can give online merchants looking to hire an SEO firm to handle their e-commerce website?

    I really like this short quiz Ian Lurie of Portent Interactive put together on How to Hire an SEO Company. If you follow those guidelines, you’ll be in good shape. Just don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions and to follow up by asking “why” and “how do you know that” – SEOs aren’t following any mystical forms of knowledge and should be able to clearly explain why search engines work the way they do.

  10. Can you explain how Moz would help PrestaShop merchants?

    Moz has a ton of free resources to help learn about SEO and web marketing. I’d suggest checking out our Beginner’s Guide to SEO, our Learn page, and Whiteboard Friday.

    As far as our software goes, it’s great for professional web marketers, so if you’re deep into the worlds of SEO, social media, and content marketing, definitely check it out. But if you’re planning to hire a marketer or a consultant, they’re probably the right folks to determine whether a Moz subscription is right for you.

Preview: Benchmarking CentOS 7.0 & Scientific Linux 7.0

CentOS 7.0 was released this week and that came just days after the first alpha of Scientific Linux 7, both of which are based upon last month’s release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. With these new community-based EL7 releases coming about, it’s time for some fresh Enterprise Linux benchmarking and performance monitoring on Phoronix.

First Alpha of Mageia 5 Arrives with KDE 4.13.2 and GNOME 3.13.3

The Mageia development team, through Anne Nicolas, announced a couple of days ago, July 8, that the first Alpha of the upcoming Mageia 5 Linux kernel-based operating system has been officially released and is available for download and testing from the usual places.

Mageia 5 Alpha 1 is powered by Linux kernel 3.15.2, uses systemd 208-15 as the default init system, updates the Plasma desktop to the current stable release at the time of this writing, KDE 4.13.2, and the GNOME graphical environ… (read more)

More “Mega Driver” Work Merged For Mesa

More code by Emil Velikov was merged yesterday to push along the Gallium3D Mega Drivers model…

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Now in Beta for Linux

Peter Mulholland announced yesterday, July 9, that the first Beta of the soon-to-be-released native port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition game is available for download and testing from the Steam for Linux client. The first Beta of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition brings support for more gamepads and fixes some issues in xpad, supports multi-monitor configurations, and improves the overall stability of the game, even though there still are issues with t… (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.14.12 LTS Brings Updated Nouveau and Radeon Drivers

Now that the 3.14 branch of the Linux kernel has been declared LTS (Long Term Support), which means that it will be supported for a few years with patches, updated drivers, and general improvements, a new maintenance version is available for download. Linux kernel 3.14.12 LTS brings better support for ARM, ARM64, and x86 architectures numerous updated drivers, improvements for the EXT4, CIFS, and NFS file systems, as well as networking and sound enhancements. It was released along with the L… (read more)

KDE Ships the Release Candidate of KDE Plasma 5

KDE was proud to announce on July 8 that that RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Plasma 5 graphical desktop environment, which is now known as KDE Applications and Platform, is available for download and testing. Plasma 5 Release Candidate comes one day after the announcement of the final release of KDE Frameworks 5, a collection of next-gen KDE libraries that have been optimized and modularized for easy integration in Qt apps. This is the last development release of the next-ge… (read more)

CentOS 7 KDE Live CD Screenshot Tour

As you already know, the CentOS 7 enterprise-ready operating system was announced recently on Softpedia and it’s based on the publicly available sources of the award-winning Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 distribution.

This article is the second in a series of two original screenshot tour blog posts for the CentOS 7 Linux distro. It will give you a visual tour of the KDE Live DVD edition of the highly-acclaimed OS.

As its name suggests, CentOS 7 KDE Live flavor is built around the KDE Pla… (read more)

Chrome Remote Desktop steuert jetzt auch Linux-Systeme

Mit der Browser-Erweiterung Chrome Remote Desktop lassen sich jetzt auch Linux-Rechner fernsteuern. Bislang klappt das zumindest mit Ubuntu- und Debian-Systemen für die ein passendes Paket bereitsteht.

Read more at H-online

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

4.0 is due out next month, but to get there, we need your help testing what we’ve been working on:

  • Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor. (#28195, #15490)
  • The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it. (#24716)
  • We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details. (#28785, #27440)
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process. (#28577)
  • The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system. (#28328)
  • We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here. (#28595)
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel. (#27406)
  • We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Developers: Never fear, we haven’t forgotten you. There’s plenty for you, too – more on that in upcoming posts. In the meantime, check out the API for panels in the Customizer.

Happy testing!

Plugins, editor
Media, things in between
Please help look for bugs

Why did Microsoft join the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance?

When people think of open source they don’t usually associate Microsoft with it. But the company recently surprised many when it joined the Linux Foundation’s open source AllSeen Alliance. The AllSeen Alliance’s mission is to create a standard for device communications.
Has Microsoft changed its attitude toward open source in general or is there another reason for its uncharacteristic behavior? Computerworld speculates on what might have motivated Microsoft to join the AllSeen Alliance.


Submitted by: Jim Lynch

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VirtualBox 4.3.14 RC1 Works with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

On July 9, Oracle has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming VirtualBox 4.3.14 virtualization software for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems. According to the official changelog, VirtualBox 4.3.14 RC1 can now be compiled in the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system. It brings USB performance fixes, several improvements to the 3D components, and properly detects th… (read more)